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Police looking for person of interest in murder case

Police looking for person of interest in murder case

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County police are trying to track down a person of interest in a July 2013 murder case.

Detectives want to talk to 25-year-old Diandre Morris about the death of Alexander Campbell.

Morris is black, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was last known to wear his hair in shoulder-length braids.

Police said Morris frequents the Memorial Drive/South Indian Creek area of Stone Mountain and also has ties to Douglas County.

Anyone who can lead investigators to Diandre Morris is asked to call DeKalb County police at 770-724-7850.

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3 Bloods indicted for murdering teen

3 Bloods indicted for murdering teen

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Three members of the Bloods street gang have been indicted in DeKalb County for shooting a teenager to death.

Marcus Estes, Antarious Johnson and Malcolm Wilson, who are all teens, are accused of murdering 19-year-old Derrick Linkhorn in a storage area at the Southern Pines Apartments on Mar. 8, 2012. Linkhorn was shot twice.

The victim knew Johnson from when they were classmates at Elizabeth Andrews High School in Stone Mountain, according to information presented in court.

"This was a senseless and cowardly act that claimed the life of this young man," DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said in a statement. "My office will continue to dedicate our resources to combating gangs in DeKalb County."

Final suspect in robbery spree pleads guilty

Final suspect in robbery spree pleads guilty

(WXIA) -- The final member of a crew that robbed at least five armored cars in metro Atlanta has pleaded guilty to his part in the crimes.

Quentin Booker entered his plea Friday in federal court to five counts of armed robbery and two counts of using a firearm during a crime. He and his co-defendants were convicted of a number of crimes between October 2010 and March 2011 that netted them more than $470,000 in cash.

Booker, 36, of Douglasville acted as a lookout during five armored car robberies, including:

* A Dunbar Armored courier making a cash pickup at Mex-America Latino Services in Marietta on Oct. 7, 2010

* A Dunbar Armored courier restocking cash in the ATM at a Bank of America in Buford on Nov. 11, 2010

Man gets 10 years for smuggling machine gun through TSA security

Man gets 10 years for smuggling machine gun through TSA security

ATLANTA -- An AirTran Airlines employee has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for smuggling cocaine and a machine gun through airport security.

Rasondo Maurice Norris admitted in court that he carried a MAC-11 machine gun, silencer, magazine and five kilograms of cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year.

The 30-year-old Stone Mountain man was convicted in October of the charges against him.

According to information presented in federal court, Norris was a baggage handler for AirTran. Homeland Security learned that Norris was accepting money to use his security clearance to help criminals smuggle contraband onto planes.

On three different occasions in May and June of 2013, undercover agents paid Norris to carry backpacks containing illicit items, including weapons and drugs, through airport security checkpoints. The defendant received between $600 and $800 for each trip.

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

3 MS-13 members sentenced to life in prison

ATLANTA -- Three members of the MS-13 gang have been sentenced to life in prison for committing murders in two counties.

Ernesto Escobar, 30, of Norcross was sentenced Thursday in federal court. He goes by the street names "Flaco" and "Pink Panther."

Two co-defendants -- 25-year-old Miguel "Joker" Alvarado-Linares of Norcross and 30-year-old Dimas "Toro" Alfaro-Granados of Duluth -- were sentenced in October.

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the three men were charged with murder, attempted murder and armed robbery for several incidents in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties.

Evidence presented in court showed Alvarado-Linares and Alfaro-Granados killed a fellow MS-13 member in October 2006 because they believed the victim was cooperating with police.

Teen indicted for beating 78-year-old woman

Teen indicted for beating 78-year-old woman

LITHONIA, Ga. -- An 18-year-old DeKalb County man has been indicted by a grand jury for beating and robbing an elderly woman.

Quiantae Collins has been charged with robbery, aggravated assault, abuse of an elder person and criminal attempt to commit aggravated sodomy for the attack.

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DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James said Collins knocked on the door of the victim's Lithonia home, then forced his way inside.

"He allegedly beat her, choked her, demanded money, robbed her and attempted to sexually assault her," James said.

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

Tutor to low-income kids charged with forgery

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A tutor to low-income children has been charged with first-degree forgery and false statements by a Fulton County Grand Jury.

Domonique Scott was charged Nov. 26 with creating false assets and liabilities for her company, A Love of Learning Tutoring.

Court documents show Scott produced false balance sheets, statements of net income, a forged letter showing a non-existent cash line of credit and even a start date for her company.

The fake company was hired in January 2010 by the Georgia Department of Education's Supplemental Education Services program, which provides free tutoring and academic assistance to low-income families. A Love of Learning Tutoring helped children in Bibb, Clayton, DeKalb, Muscogee and Richmond counties, according to information presented in court.